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Project Location: Cape Town
Project Duration: January 2016 to Completion March 2017
Project Title: Participatory, monitoring and accountability

Project Lead: Dr. Joanna Wheeler
Project Manager: Rory Liedeman

Funders & Partners: Government of South Korea, Participate, the Institute of Development Studies, UNICEF and UNDP

SLF have been funded by the Government of South Korea and will collaborate with Participate, the Institute of Development Studies, UNICEF and UNDP as part of a new initiative to explore how to develop more participatory approaches to monitoring the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In September 2015, the SDGs replaced the Millenium Development Goals (MDGs) as the global framework for development. After a major global consultation and advocacy process to arrive at the goals, the next big question is how the SDGs will be implemented and monitored. In response to lessons learned from the weaknesses of the MDGs, the success of this new framework requires citizens to participate in monitoring how SDGs are implemented in their contexts.

Project Overview:

Over the next year, SLF will lead a pilot project in Delft, Cape Town to explore how to improve accountability on the issue of safety in the township. SLF will work with highly marginalised citizens who are committed to working for a safer and more inclusive city. The project will promote dialogue between these groups and representatives of government about how to address violence, insecurity and safety. Through creative and story-based methods, the pilot will generate new insight into how to improve the relationship between citizens and government in the South African context. This action learning case will build on existing SLF relationships within the township, and with various government bodies. In partnership with UNICEF, SLF will also hold a national engagement event to start the conversation about how citizens can help to monitor the SDGs.

Project Completion:

Over a 15 month period the SLF PMA team worked closely with a good mix of men and women (including youth and mature voices), all dedicated and bound to a common goal of helping to bring about positive change at various levels in Delft. The group’s key goal was to harness the power of individual and collective storytelling, as a tool to be used to bring about an end to state corruption and police brutality in their communities (see PMA national report http://www.livelihoods.org.za/resources/literature/slf-publications). Key findings of this pilot project:

  1. Gang violence & police corruption are closely linked & increasing.
  2. Levels of police corruption are causing a lack of trust in the police (and by extension, the government). Trust in the police is extremely low in places like Delft.
  3. Existing incentives & structures within the police (including targets & performance reporting) are fuelling corruption.
  4. In Delft, the relationship between Neighbourhood Watch, Community Policing Forum & SAPS has broken down due to corruption.
  5. Growing incidents of armed vigilante groups and bundu courts indicate lack of trust in the justice system and the government.
  6. Youth voices are being left out. They = Key Group that are @ Risk.

Here are the links to the two collectively made films and some of the digital stories:

Being Young in Delft (produced by Youth members in the group:https://vimeo.com/181156023

Gangsters in Uniform (produced by community leaders in the group):

Personal Digital Stories which helped to inform the collectively made films can also be found on page 2 and 3 of our Vimeo account. Search for title “My Nightmare Becomes a Reality”, “Police Brutality”, “The Truth about Delft, the place I called Home”, “Three Brocken Hearts” and “Illovane/Chamelion”